It doesn’t matter how nostalgic the ’80s in Hollywood cinema arouse in viewers. It was a decade with good adventure films, fun films, with characters, music and songs that are already part of our collective unconscious, whether we live in Argentina, Kentucky, Saint Petersburg or Nairobi.
And The Ghostbusters, along with Return to the future and a few more titles are the ones on the podium. Those that always return to our memory. Jason reitman he was lucky not only that his dad was the one who directed The Ghostbusters (1984) and then the sequel, in 1989, but wandered the set of the first and even participated in a brief acting role in the second.
With four Oscar nominations (two for director of Juno’s Young Life and Nonstop love, with George Clooney), Reitman knows more about the world and festival screenings and independent cinema than he does about the crowds of tank movies.
Jason Reitman and the 1959 Ecto 1, or Cadillac Ambulance Miller-Meteor, which returns in the new movie. Photo Sony
Canadian like his father, in his cinema the tone of comedy always converge -but on serious issues, such as teenage pregnancy- with father / son relationships.
Much of the latter is present in Ghostbusters: The Legacy, which premiered this weekend around the world, and in which of course the characters we already met return, although the protagonists are others, played by Finn wolfhard (Mike Wheeler in Stranger things, Item), McKenna Grace (who looks younger than 15 years old) and Paul rudd.
With his father, Ivan (director of the first two), Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard and McKenna Grace. Photo Sony
“Hello Pablo,” he says in Spanish that he surely learned during his brief stay in Mexico. Jason Reitman speaks on Zoom with Clarion from the Morelia Festival, where Ghostbuters: The Legacy had its Latin American premiere, closing the Festival.
-What do you know about Argentina?
-Well, I have seen some movies, I have eaten some Argentine food, but I have never been to your country. I would love to go to Argentina.
“I found out how to tell my story through the character of Phoebe, it was there that I understood that I had to make this movie.” Photo Sony
-You said you wanted to make a movie for your father and that you wanted to make a movie for your daughter in reference to G “hostbusters: The legacy”.
-I wanted to make a Ghostbusters movie for my father, for my daughter, and for anyone who’s loved Ghostbusters from the beginning. It’s been a part of my life since I was a kid, you know, since I was six years old and on the set of the original movie, and it’s been the ride of a lifetime to finally sit in the director’s chair myself.
Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray at the world premiere of the film. “It’s not a ghostbuster movie without Bill and Dan …”. Reuters photo
-By then you were walking through the sets of “Ghostbusters.” And what memories do you have of that experience?
-Many memories. I remember being in Manhattan and seeing Ecto 1 (the 1959 Cadillac Ambulance Miller-Meteor) round the corner. I remember seeing the boys in their flight suits. I remember Mr. Marshmallow raining from the sky on one of the actors. Uh, it was a big part of my childhood. And of course, I was a Ghostbusters for Halloween. And it only took many decades for me to find the personal story of the Ghostbusters that I was ready to tell myself.
The protagonists are two grandchildren of one of the scientists from the original film. Photo Sony
-And why did you decide that “The Legacy” should not take place in New York?
-As a director, sometimes you can’t choose the story, the story chooses you. And I pictured this girl in a field with a “Proton Pack” (to hunt the ghosts) and I imagined a kid finding the car on a farm and… eventually I found out who they were. Finally they were the Spangler family.
Jason Reitman, the Canadian director testing lens to shoot the little “Marshmallows.” Photo Sony
Asked about which of the new characters he feels most identified with, Reitman was as quick in his response as he was with the others. “I feel a bit like all the characters in the family, because I know what it is like to have a great legacy follow you, like a shadow over you, and the courage you have to have to take it back yourself. Until I found how to tell my story through the character of Phoebe, it was then that I understood that I had to make this movie. “
Jason doesn’t say he was tired of being asked the same question for much of his filmmaking career (“Are you going to make a Ghostbusters movie?”), But a couple of images came to mind that turned out to be the key. to tell the continuation of the saga.
“I grew up with movies like ‘ET’, ‘Back to the Future’, ‘The Goonies’, ‘Gremlins’, and you can clearly feel that in this movie.” Photo Sony
They were, yes, the “Proton pack “, plus a field planted with corn and a girl.
“And we got a story that we felt was a way of connecting with who we were back in 1984, and how to make that feeling come back…. I grew up with movies like ET, Return to the future, The goonies, Gremlins, and you can clearly feel that in this movie. But at the same time we wanted to tell a new story for a new generation, for fans of Finn Wolfhard, Paul Rudd and even McKenna Grace, in a new, different place ”.
“There is no more important movie for our family than ‘Ghostbusters’, Jason Reitman told Clarín. Photo Sony
-Was it easy or difficult to convince the original cast to come back?
-I am very lucky that the original cast responded very well to the script. I knew I would never make this movie without them. It’s not a ghostbusters movie without Bill (Murray), Dan (Aykroyd), Ernie (Hudson), Annie (Potts) and Sigourney (Weaver).
Reitman says images came to mind that made him decide: the “Proton pack,” a cornfield and a girl. Photo Sony
Putting aside the pressures during the filming, it will be necessary to see what was the reaction of papa Ivan after the first screening in private. “He was extremely emotional, we cried. He said, ‘I’m very proud of you, this is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.’
-And what topics did you mainly talk about with your father when you were filming “Ghostbusters: The Legacy”?
-Of everything! We talk about the Ghostbusters. We talked about music, we talked about slime, we talked about proton packs, we talked about Ecto 1. You know, each father and son have a dialogue, they have a way of talking, whether it be about sports, or about music. But for my father and I, it has always been about movies. And there is no more. There is no movie more important to our family than The Ghostbusters.
The “Marshmallows”, in one of the most comical scenes of the film. Photo Sony
-And what is the best, and if there is something that was not so good, of sharing the set with your father?
-Well, you can imagine what it would be like if your parents came to work with you every day, and they sat next to you and weighed their decisions while you are working… Sometimes it was a challenge, sometimes we argued. But for the most part, it was this amazing storytelling relationship that started when I was a kid sitting in the director’s chair next to him, and has completed the circle to the point where my father sat in the director’s chair. by my side.
The Ghostbusters (1984)
The original: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. Photo Clarín Archive
- From: Ivan Reitman With: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis.
- Synopsis: When three Columbia University scientists investigating the paranormal have their first encounter with a ghost at the New York Public Library and are fired, they create “Ghostbusters,” a paranormal investigation and elimination service.
- Production cost: $ 30 million
- Collection in the United States: $ 243,578,797
- Total collection: $ 296,578,797
Ghostbusters II (1985)
The sequel. Ernie Hudson, Aykroyd, Murray and Ramis. Photo Clarín Archive
- From: Ivan Reitman
- With: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis.
- Synopsis: The discovery of a huge river of ectoplasm and the resurgence of spectral activity allows Ghostbusters staff to revive the business.
- Production cost: $ 37 million
- Collection in the United States: $ 112,494,738
- Total collection: $ 215,394,738
Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Leslie Jones. The film did not recoup the cost in the United States. SONY Photo
From: Paul feig
With: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones.
Synopsis: Following an invasion of ghosts in Manhattan, two paranormal-loving women, a nuclear engineer and a subway worker team up to stop the threat.
- Production cost: $ 144 million
- Collection in the United States: $ 128,350,574
- Total collection: $ 229,147,509
Reference from clarin